Zebulon Quest

The Adventures of Merlin's Grandson Through Space and Time

Fifteen-year-old Zebulon Finnegan just found a teleportation watch and recklessly transports himself, his four new friends, and his redundant Android IQ32 from the Starship Ruby Darton to the planet of his destiny. He meets up with a White Witch who explains he is Merlin’s lost grandson and unleashes his magical powers. Zebulon embarks on his quest to find seven hidden magical artifacts. Before he can do that, he must rescue his friends and defeat the evil Warlock, Zamra-Teg who is out to kill him. Then, if he is successful, he can complete his quest to find the remaining artifacts and release Merlin from his enchantment on Earth.

"Crafted in a futuristic setting with many historical overtones, ZEBULON QUEST is a new concept crossover novel complete with Indiana Jones like adventure, Lord of the Rings fantasy, and Star Trek science fiction.  This high-concept storyline is a mixture of Harry Potter, Star Wars, and The Chronicles of Narnia with a heaping spoon full of the legend of Merlin.  Check out this great epic tale, for young and old alike!"

--T.A. Northburg

Classroom Visits

Students at Zach Elementary were in awe of Tim Northburg’s presentation of his novel Zebulon Quest. Mr. Northburg captured the students’ attention with his descriptions of his characters and fantastical settings, but Mr. Northburg did much more. He explained the process an author takes to write and publish book including the many ideas and inspirations he had to write. His presentation was inspirational yet concised encouraging all young writers that the most important thing they can do for themselves to become a writer is WRITE. He assured students that the editing and revising, while very important, are secondary to just getting ideas down. Interests were peaked when Mr. Northburg touched many other careers and professions students can aspire to in the writing field other than just that of becoming an author. Students walked away believing in themselves and seeing themselves as writers. Zach Elementary thanks Mr. Northburg for sharing his passion in the field.
— Ms. Stafford 4th Grade Teacher, Zach Elementary School, 2016
Tim, of course, shared about his book, he spent a lot more time talking to the kids about the elements of a good story and organizing your ideas to get ready to write. We talked about the different types of characters (antagonist, protagonist,) the point of view (first, third, omniscient,) the setting (time and place,) and all the necessary pieces that must be determined before an author can help a story take flight. I love having access to people that can inspire students to reach for their dreams. Who knows who will be the next J.K. Rowling?
— Mrs. Bean Gifted & Talented Teacher, Werner Elementary School, 2013
Thank you for your engagning presentation on the Elements of a Sotry. We are looking forward to using some of the ideas we talked about today to make your own writing even more exciting and compelling. Plus, we had fun! Come back any time!
— Miss. Waido 5th Grade Teacher Zach Elementary School, 2013
 
 
Great Presentation! Many points hit our reading standards. Loved the Prezi! Overall excellent! Thank you for coming.
— Mrs. Boisen 5th Grade Teacher, Zach Elementary School, 2013
 
 
It was wonderful having Mr. Northburg share his informaiton with our Zach Elementary third graders. This presentation was very interesting and informative. The students enjoyed learning more about the writing process and Mr. Northburg’s books.
— Mrs. J. Moore 3rd Grade Teacher, Zach Elementary School, 2012
We had a guest author speaker on Tuesday who happened to be one of our very own parents, Tim Northburg, Mackenzie’s dad. He gave a fabulous presentation to the students about the book he has written. Each child was given a business card with the website to access more information about the book and also the ability to ask more questions to Mr. Northburg. . .Thank you so very much, Tim for coming.
— Ms. Brown 4th Grade Teacher, Zach Elementary School , 2009
Tim Northburg visited the children today. He is an author who has started his own series called ZEBULON QUEST. Mr. Northburg has yet to publish his book, but he took the kiddos through the whole process of writing a book from beginning to end. Thanks for visiting, Mr. Northburg.
— Ms. Lafflam 4th Grade Teacher, Zach Elementary School, 2009

Student Feedback

Here is some feedback from beta readers and comments from students who filled out a comment slip after my talks.  More comments are on my STUDENT FEEDBACK blog posts.

 

WERNER ELEMENTARY, 4th & 5th GRADE GT

I am very excited to read this book. It sounds like it is full of action, and it sounds like my kind of book. I can’t wait to read it and I hope you will continue with a 2nd series.
— Josi B.
The book sounds interesting and I will definitely read it in the future. I also think the Prezi was understanding and taught us some things we do not know.
— Sarah C.
I really learned a lot today! Your presentation made me think more about becoming an author. It might be something I want to do someday. I can’t wait to read your book. Thank You!
— Ellianna D.

ZACH ELEMENTARY, 5th GRADE

Your book sounds AWESOME! I’m totally going to read the series you created. I also really enjoyed your Prezi! It was great and I understood it. It was great! THANK YOU!!
— Adella B.
One word . . . AWESOME! I want to read all your books!
— Woohyun S.
I loved how you drew the sword of fire. Did you draw it yourself or did you copy it pixel by pixel by pixel?

(Jonathant, I drew it by hand, then scanned it in. Then I made several versions of the sword, one being a dark shadow, the others color with flames. You can see them in the photo section of this website.)
— Jonathant L.


ZACH ELEMENTARY, 3rd GRADE

I like how you told us how to publish or start a book. Also thank you for coming to talk to us. Wow that was fun listening to you talking about books. I also like your book. :)
— Piper N.
I enjoyed what you read. The way you described the characters was perfect. I think the writing was wonderful. I like the way you came up with Bacon’s nick-name. That first chapter was so exciting it didn’t even seem like the first chapter.
— Sophia M.

ZACH ELEMENTARY, 4th GRADE

 

Your presentation was very good the other day. When you read the first three chapters that made me want to read on SOOOOO badly! I know your book is going to be published based on what we read! I am going to buy the book right when it comes out. I Thank you for coming to Zach to teach us about your book! My friends and I absolutly loved it!
— Luke R.
I loved his style of writing . . . there were happy, sad, exciting, surprising, and glad parts.
— Mackenzie N.

Thank You

Thank you for your comments. I really enjoy visiting your classes and sharing information about writing, editing, publishing, and my books.
— T.A. Northburg

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"Crafted in a futuristic setting with many historical overtones, ZEBULON QUEST is a new concept crossover novel complete with Indiana Jones like adventure, Lord of the Rings fantasy, and Star Trek science fiction.  This high-concept storyline is a mixture of Harry Potter, Star Wars, and The Chronicles of Narnia with a heaping spoon full of the legend of Merlin.  Check out this great epic tale, for young and old alike!"

--T.A. Northburg